Universal Display (OLED) Q1 Earnings Beat on High Material Sales

Universal Display Corporation OLED reported strong first-quarter 2024 results, with both the bottom and top lines surpassing the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company reported a top-line expansion year over year, backed by solid demand for emitter materials and improvement in royalty and license fees. The company is witnessing strong OLED proliferation in smartphones and TVs. The growing usage of OLED displays among major device makers such as Samsung and Panasonic is a tailwind.

Net Income

Net income in the first quarter was $56.9 million or $1.19 per share compared with $39.8 million or 83 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. The bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14 cents. The improvement was primarily attributed to net sales growth year over year.

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Revenues

The company generated $165.3 million in revenues, up from $130.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Growing revenues from Material sales and higher Royalty and license fees boosted top-line. The top line beat the consensus estimate by $19 million.

Material sales contributed $93.3 million to revenues compared to $70.2 million in the prior year quarter. The uptick was driven by healthy demand for emitter materials. The top line beat our estimate of $82.6 million. Green emitter sales increased to $71 million from $54 million in the year-ago quarter, while sales of red emitter rose to $21 million from $16 million in the year-ago quarter.

Revenues from Royalty and license fees were $68.3 million, up from $55.2 million in the prior-year quarter, mainly due to higher unit material volume. The top line beat our estimate of $59.5 million.

Revenues from Contract research services were $3.7 million compared with $5.1 million in the prior-year quarter. The segment’s revenues marginally surpassed our estimate of $3.6 million.

Other Details

Quarterly gross profit increased to $128.3 million from $97.5 million in the prior-year quarter, with respective margins of 78% and 75%. Despite the higher cost of material sales, top-line growth supported the gross margin.

Operating income stood at $62.9 million and the margin was 38% compared with the year-ago quarter’s figures of $45.4 million and 35%, respectively.

Cash Flow & Liquidity

In 2024, Universal Display generated $72.2 million in cash from operating activities compared with $47.6 million in the year-ago quarter. As of Mar 31, 2024, the company had $74 million in cash and cash equivalents and $52.6 million in retirement plan benefit liability.

Guidance Up

Backed by solid momentum in multiple end markets, management has raised the lower end of its revenue guidance for 2024. The company currently expects revenue in the range of $635-675 million, up from $625-675 million estimated earlier.

Looking ahead, the company is poised to benefit from OLED IT product launches by several manufacturers in the upcoming quarters. Emerging markets of foldable smartphones, electric vehicles, and AR and VR wearables boast a significant growth opportunity.

The company is making steady progress in the development of a commercial phosphorescent blue emissive system. It is planning to launch the phosphorescent blue in 2024. Management believes that expanding its phosphorescent portfolio that includes red, green and blue phosphorescent emissive materials will open up ample opportunities across a broad range of OLED applications.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Universal Display currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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